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review 2017-02-26 18:39
Review for the first story, not the bonus stories.
ROMANCE: Gay Paranormal Romance: Bear's Baby (MM Paranormal Mpreg Romance) (Gay Biker Romance) - Sy Walker

This is a quick read about two men who find each other. Charlie is inexperienced and is drawn to Tommy, who is a shifter trying to prove he is the rightful Alpha. One night together provides that proof. I loved how Tommy was so tender and willing to allow Charlie to be in charge at times despite his Alpha nature. Charlie's acceptance and willingness to help was written well. I enjoyed their journey. There are bonus stories which I am not rating at this time.

I received a copy of this story as a gift and this is my unsolicited review for this story only.

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text 2016-12-24 10:13
Reading progress update: I've read 21%.
MM: Sailing Deep (PARANORMAL SHIFTER - M/M NAVY SEAL) (Volume 1) - Noah Harris

I'm loving this so far!

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review 2014-06-24 00:00
Book 1 - Marked for Love | Gay Romance Paranormal MM Werewolf Shifter Series: Gay Werewolf Romance
Book 1 - Marked for Love | Gay Romance Paranormal MM Werewolf Shifter Series: Gay Werewolf Romance - Jamie Lake Beta read for Jamie. Good start to a new shifter series, but there was not enough details into the shifter aspect. I am a big fan of shifter stories, so I missed that part of it. Maybe that will be further explained in future books.
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review 2014-04-05 19:29
Trusted Bond by Mary Calmes
Trusted Bond - Mary Calmes

After I finished this book, I spent some time trying to list what I liked about it. The best I could come up with was that it was a relatively quick read and  that Jin and Crane were nice together and would probably make a good couple if Crane weren't heterosexual (not that that's stopped Calmes from pairing up characters before). Unfortunately, the book's actual couple was Jin and Logan.

I liked the first book in this series, Change of Heart. It had lots of problems and wasn't really very good, but it was fun, and I enjoyed it enough to reread it. I wasn't expecting more than that from Trusted Bond and was actually looking forward to a few hours of guilty pleasure fun, but I didn't even get that much. Trusted Bond had all of Change of Heart's issues and then some.

Jin continued to be a Gary Sue who others either adored or wanted to rape. Unless his emotional pain needed to be heightened, in which case they hated him because he was gay or because he was a male reah (reahs are only ever supposed to be female). The dialogue was awful, featuring enough instances of “hafta,” “gonna,” and “wanna” to make me twitchy. Everyone's pattern of speech was pretty much the same. And the world-building was an incoherent mix of made-up words (although at least this book came with a glossary), Egyptian-ish lore, and new super-powers for Jin.

I maybe should have included this warning earlier in my review, but this is not a newbie-friendly book. If you haven't read Change of Heart, absolutely do not start here. Trusted Bond was a confusing read, even for me. I had to wade through the sea of made-up words, try to remember who everyone was, and decipher what was going on. Early on, I stopped to check and make sure I wasn't accidentally reading a later book in the series. There were several characters Calmes seemed to expect readers to already know. Was Abbot in the previous book? What about Laurent?

Anyway, even after I got a better handle on who everyone was and what was going on, I still felt like the story was a mess. One that relied way too much on rape threats and attempted rape. There were at least three potential rapists in this book. First, there was Abbot, whose attempted rape of Jin got the ball rolling on one part of the story. Then there was Laurent, a former lover of Jin's, who kidnapped him and teetered on the edge of either raping Jin or killing him. Or both. Finally, there was Ammon, the semel-aten (the tribal leader in Sobek, who I guess could be considered the top leader, except not, because he doesn't have a reah – seriously, the world-building sucks).

Jin claimed that Abbot's attempted rape of him wasn't Abbot's fault – Jin missed Logan so much while he was gone that he exuded pheromones that caused Abbot to react to him as if he were in heat. Never mind that Abbot arranged for three of his friends to help him out, meaning that the attempted rape was premeditated. Jin resisted telling Logan any of this because he didn't want Logan killing Abbot on his behalf. This gave Logan the opportunity to complain that Jin wasn't relying on him enough, didn't trust their relationship enough, didn't love him enough, etc., while Jin worried that Logan only really loved him because he was a reah. It was basically the same kind of stuff Change of Heart was filled with.

The whole thing with Laurent was more magical reah adoration, mixed with creepy, insane obsession. This entire portion of the book made my skin crawl, and there were a few points where I thought Calmes had just written a fade-to-black rape scene. It was all very vile, and I wasn't sure why any of it was even necessary. Everything involving Laurent could have been cut out of the book, and all Calmes would have had to do was figure out some other way for Jin to suddenly be transported to Egypt. Maybe he could have flown to Egypt willingly. Radical concept, I know.

A large portion of this book takes place in the made-up city of Sobek, Egypt, the secret werepanther capital. It seemed as though many of the residents of Sobek spoke English as their first or possibly only language, and the sense of place was, in general, terrible. In Sobek, Jin met several people, some of whom couldn't believe he was a reah because he was male and some of whom instantly accepted what he was and thought it was just wonderful. Many women were jealous of him because his magical reah pheromones might steal their mates away. They only softened towards him after they realized he already had a mate and was being kept from him by Ammon, who thought it might be interesting to have sex with a male reah.

By that point in the book, I was just tired of it all. Tired of every man reacting to Jin in one of three ways (adoration, hatred, rape-y lust), tired of every woman reacting to him in one of two ways (jealousy, friendliness), and tired of Calmes having no apparent plan. Then Jin gained some amazing new powers that some people considered horrifying and some people recognized instantly (even though the possibility of these powers had never been brought up even once before in the series), and I started skimming.

One more thing I hated: the solution to the problem of Logan's tribe's heir. Jin's arrival to Logan's tribe magically led to both Logan and his brother becoming gay (or bisexual, but I think “gay” is probably more appropriate in this case). Jin paired up with Logan, Koren paired up with Domin, and for some reason any children Delphine might end up having don't count (my guess is because she's female?). My preferred solutions to this problem were either adoption or that the men get their heads out of their butts where Delphine was concerned. But those solutions weren't good enough.

No, Jin and Delphine had a surprise for everyone. You see, Delphine would be Jin's yareah. She froze some of her eggs, he froze some of his sperm, and Delphine and Markel had already lined up a surrogate to carry her and Jin's child. Because Delphine is Logan's sister, that meant the child would have some of Logan's DNA, and it would be almost like he and Jin had had a child. Perfect, right?

And so very gross. Delphine and Markel lined up a (so far) nameless surrogate and planned to limit Jin and Logan's exposure to her, so they wouldn't have to experience the discomfort of realizing that someone else had to carry their child. I was horrified at the very thought, horrified for the surrogate, whoever she turned out to be, and horrified that everyone's one and only reaction to this news was happiness that so perfect a solution had been found. Also, on a more minor note, I was annoyed by the in-series misuse of the word “yareah,” which is what the chosen mates (not soulmates) of semels are called. One, Jin is a reah, not a semel. And two, if Delphine was going to be called Jin's yareah, didn't that mean she couldn't be Markel's yareah? If you're going to create a world with complicated terminology, use it correctly.

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If I continue with this series, it will be because I already bought a couple more books in it ages ago, when Dreamspinner Press was having a nice sale. I'm now kicking myself for having bought them. And they're e-books, which means I can't even offload them to a used bookstore.

 

(Original review, with read-alikes, posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2014-02-11 12:33
Holding on to Love by Sid Love
Holding on to Hope - Sid Love

3 - 3 1/2 Hearts

 

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews Click on link to take part in author Giveaway (Contest open till 28th February 2014)

 

Leslie’s best friend, Bradley, has saved himself for the man of his dreams and he finally finds him on Valentine’s Day. Bradley falls head over heels for the man but all Bradley can remember is the fantastic sex, and with the little clues he can remember he convinces Leslie to help him track the mysterious man down. Leslie isn’t thrilled but helps her friend and when Bradley heads into danger as he searches for his perfect man, Leslie isn’t sure if Bradley’s perfect man really is perfect.

 

This is a great little short story that takes Vampires back to being the scourge of the Earth; it gives us a fresh twist for the dhampir’s and it has a love story with a forgotten man and a desperate search for true love. Brad seems to be a character full of life and when it comes to the love of his life he strives for perfection, when he half remembers the night before he knows that his perfect man is within reach. Ronan wants what Brad could give him but the danger is too great so he does what he has to do to keep Brad safe, even if it means being forgotten.

 

This story has great potential which was missed out on because of character perspective; the paranormal storyline could have been much more exciting and effective if the perspective had shifted to the characters directly involved. The love story aspect was really good (but again slightly missed its mark with character perspective) with two men longing for the other but circumstances preventing their love from being fulfilled, with Ronan always having to watch as Brad walks away forgetting him and Brad always longing for his perfect man, never knowing he had already met him.

 

So I should let you all know that this story is all from Leslie’s perspective which I found dampened the story, we never once really get any emotions or feelings off either Brad or Ronan; what we get is Leslie’s interpretation of their feelings and I also felt like I was missing out on the paranormal aspects of the story because it was from Leslie’s view point. Never once did I feel the rush of emotions that Brad must have felt about finally finding his perfect man, I didn’t feel his despair over not remembering his face and I never felt the fear he must have felt over the situation he found himself in… and all that was also mirrored by Ronan… I felt cheated by only having it from Leslie.

 

I recommend this to those who love the paranormal, an interesting paranormal storyline, a new relationship with a twist, brilliant friends, and looking at a new relationship from the outside.

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